Rift Goes Free-To-Play Today!

Michael Dunaway
By Michael Dunaway, News Editor June 12, 2013
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A little over two years after its launch, Trion Worlds' Rift is officially going free-to-play today, June 12. Today marks the first date new players can log in and explore the world of Telara, without spending a dime, while previous subscribers have been eligible to return since last week.

There are no content or gameplay time restrictions, and players will also have access to content from the Rift expansion Storm Legion and advance all the way to level 60. Players can pay for a subscription to help them earn Loyalty points and receive discounts from the game's cash shop and can also purchase REX, a kind of intermediate currency that can be used to buy from the cash shop or be sold for in-game currency.

The F2P transition is just part of Rift's Update 2.3: Empyreal Assault, which adds a new zone, the Dendrome, a 10-player raid sliver, chronicles, dimensions, weapon transfiguration, faction swapping, strongholds, and cosmic rhinoceroses. Wait, did I just say "cosmic rhinoceroses"?

So what's the down side? There's always a down side to a F2P game, isn't there? Well, for a lot of folks that's the ability to purchase all but the highest level of gear from the cash shop. Trion spins it as being a good way for players to "catch up" without having to grind for in-game currency (though any other requirements, such as rank and level, still must be met). The more cynical types see it as a form of pay-to-win.

My take is that yes, there will be a few people who take this route, but it's probably not something you'd want to do a ton of because of the high cost of buying full armor sets for multiple characters. I might see taking a bit of a half-and-half approach: grind out some of the gear, and when that gets too monotonous, buy the rest. And in the end, this will only allow you to be competitive, as opposed to uber; the absolute best gear still can't be bought.

It's an interesting way to go, and it's bound to have its fans as well as its detractors, but at least Trion is being up front about it right from the start. That's better, IMHO, than announcing one thing and reversing course six months later.

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In this article: RIFT, Trion Worlds, Empyreal Assault.

About the Author

Michael Dunaway
Michael Dunaway, News Editor
Michael Dunaway has been part of the MMOBomb team for years and has covered practically every major Free-to-Play title since 2009.

Discussion (23)

GeilerZopf 9 years ago
Visually terrible looking game, gameplay-wise the same. The only good thing about it, is the class system, up to 36? diffrent possibilities.

But it´s just slow paced, looks bad (very ugly textures 3x 1080p LCD) and overall none of the combo-class sets appealed to me, doesnt matter if you are a necromancer or a pyro, the animation, the combat won´t differ it´s the same thing.

Have fun with this game, i definitely expected something else after all this "RiFT! is the King arguments"

asdas 9 years ago
a new era starts today

Leanne 9 years ago
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MarchParks 9 years ago
Is the Game still not working for you guys that just signed up for free-to-play?....because its not for me

LordHikaru 9 years ago
I've had a decent time so far. Still getting comfortable with the soul stuff for skills, haven't really ventured off the path its suggesting lol.

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tekosdj 9 years ago
honteux avoir fait un abonement pour un jeu aussi laid des graphisme a la hauteur de meeting 2 lol et on est en 2013 jeux vraiment tres moche je deconseille

demonhammer 9 years ago
i played both aion and rift that im still playing yes aion has more better gaphic but for me rift is more fun you can level without to mutch effort since you can do diferent things to gain experience and not only quest most of the things ae easy to finde like gear events and dungeons rifts and other things dont forget they are a company in a way or another they have to make money and i did saw the shop most of gear you can get doing the dungeons and they cost aloot if your stupid to buy them using money than your free to do them they are not beter than the gear i already have doing dungeons or the planar shops i think some have forgeoten what is a real P2W company do you know a certain perfect world yes there are always things in every game that goes in F2P that other will not like i think that thous says that rift is tottaly a crap are wrong for thous that dont know if they will like rift or not i would say to try it its a realy fun game offers aloot

Rufinus 9 years ago
this game sucks so bad

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MikeySixGun 9 years ago
I cant even access the website to download the game...

Skyther 9 years ago
so u need to buy the game to play oru can download?

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Blackaria 9 years ago
Been playing for a few weeks now. Really like the game so far. You don't have have to quest much to level only done a hand full of quest and almost 40 on my main. But not sure if I will stay waiting for FFXIV really.

RabbitGirl 9 years ago
Servers are down for maintenance for about 4 hours. It is estimated to be back up by 12PM Pacific Time.

Cacalips 9 years ago
I wont play until the weekend. The patch in EU goes in effect at 10PM (2 more hours for me)...and that will crash and be blocked until midnight so F it. The weekend.

Ike489 9 years ago
Yea The Servers Was Locked For Me Too

henry 9 years ago
lol all server locked i cant play

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Arnegliscus 9 years ago
hey


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